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$2,500 Arthur W. Perdue Foundation grant helps fund first community playground in Cookeville, Tenn.

Community Playground
Perdue Farms’ associates present a $2,500 Arthur W. Perdue Foundation grant to Heart of the City Playground Committee members to help build a community playground in Cookeville, Tenn. From left to right are Angie Wood, Perdue Associate Relations Representative, Jerry Layne, Perdue Human Resources Manager, Kelly Swallows, playground coordinator, Kay Cox, Perdue administrative assistant, Jeff Beckman, Perdue Director of Operations, and Jordan Way, Perdue Continuous Improvement Manager.

SALISBURY, Md. (Wednesday, April 15, 2015) – Associates from Perdue Farms’ operation in Monterey, Tenn., presented a $2,500 donation from the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation to Heart of the City Playground in Cookeville, Tenn. The Foundation is the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms.

Heart of the City Playground is a community-wide volunteer effort to build the first fully inclusive and accessible playground within 90 miles of Cookeville … a place where all children can come together, interact, be included and grow, through the gift of play.  The playground will feature a unique poured surface for mobility-impaired children and those using adaptive equipment.

“Our Heart of the City Playground Committee has been humbled by the generous outpouring of sponsorship donations from our community,” said Playground Coordinator Kelly Swallows. “Thank you to Perdue and the Foundation from the bottom of our hearts for helping make this dream become a reality.”

The donation will be used along with other community donations for purchasing the playground equipment, surfacing, fencing and landscaping, as well as a restroom facility.  Community volunteers will be building the playground this fall on a 12,500-plus square foot lot donated by the City of Cookeville. Perdue’s donation will be recognized at the grand opening as a Bronze Sponsor of the Playground and be featured on the wall for future generations of children to see.

“Many of our associates are involved in the development and creation of this playground,” said Jordan Way, continuous improvement manager at Perdue’s Monterey facility and volunteer on the project’s Art and Design Committee. “We know it will provide great joy to the children of this community and we are happy to support it.”

For more information about the playground and donations, visit www.heartofthecitytn.com.

About Perdue Farms
Perdue Farms is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for everyone we touch through innovative food and agricultural products. Since our beginning on Arthur Perdue’s farm in 1920, to our expansion into agribusiness and the introduction of the PERDUE® brand of chicken and turkey under Frank Perdue, and continuing with our third generation of leadership with Chairman Jim Perdue, we’ve remained family owned and family operated. We are the parent company of Perdue Foods and Perdue AgriBusiness. Through our PERDUE® SIMPLY SMART®, PERDUE® HARVESTLAND®, COLEMAN PREMIUM® and COLEMAN ORGANIC® food brands; agricultural products and services; and stewardship and corporate responsibility programs, we are working to become the most-trusted name in food and agricultural products. Learn more about Perdue Farms at www.perduefarms.com.

About The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation
The Arthur W. Perdue Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Perdue Farms, was established in 1957 by company founder Arthur W. Perdue and is funded through the estates of Arthur W. Perdue and Frank Perdue. As part of our belief in supporting the communities where and with whom we do business, the Foundation provides grants on behalf of Perdue Farms in communities where large numbers of our associates live and work.  At Perdue Farms, we believe in responsible food and agriculture.™  


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